Thursday , July 29 2021

Rugby, Italy challenges the Georgian giant Directed by 15

Leonardo Ghiraldini

A question about hunger for victory and glory, not strategy and muscle today between Italy and Georgia to the Franks of Florence.

Italy-Georgia 0-0


Italy: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Abraham Jurgens Steyn, 7 Jake Polledri, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 Dean Budd, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (chap.), 1 Andrea Lovotti
Available 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Cherif Traorè, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Johan Meyer, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Luca Morisi
All, Conor O & # 39; Shea

Georgia: 15 Soso Matiashvili, 14 Giorgi Koshadze, 13 Merab Sharikadze (c), 12 Tamaz Mtchedlidze, 11 Zurab Dzneladze, 10 Lasha Khmaladze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Beka Gorgadze, 7 Giorgi Tsutskiridze, 6 Otar Giorgadze, 5 Lasha Lomidze, 4 Nodar Tcheishvili, 3 Dudu Kubriashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Available 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Zurab Zhvania, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Shalva Sutiashvili, 20 Beka Bitsadze, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Lasha Malaghuradze, 23 Giorgi Kveseladze
All, Milton Haig

referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
TMO: Graham Hughes (UK)

A question about hunger for victory and glory, not strategy and muscle today between Italy and Georgia to the Franks of Florence. "And we have more of them," said captain Leonardo Ghiraldini, once again in charge after Sergio Parisse's ko talisman.
For him and his team-mates, this Cattolica Assicurazioni Test Match is a different challenge from the others, starting from the fact that the Azzurri must (and can) win, even with a profit of at least 10 points, according to bettors who beat each other cruelly. & # 39; Italy always plays against stronger opponents. Actually, on paper, even Lelos, Georgia, is a small step ahead of the Azzurri in the world rankings, but they are 13i because they only face weaker rivals.

It goes like this, in rugby anchored to the old balance more and more irresistible for Georgia: it's tired of dominating hands down in the back of Europe and now, indeed, calls for greater opportunities for comparison with Ovalia's strength. Remember Italy in the early 90's? This is it. In addition, the ancestral tendency to fight the Georgians, whom Jason and Argonaut feared in search of Golden Feathers in those distant countries, has made national sports rugby for 5 million rare inhabitants, dragged down by the movement that exports colossi especially in the French league and fill the stadium enjoying unlimited love from the king and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishili from unlimited resources.

"If you leave Georgia out of the Six Countries on business, tell me how much I have to write?" He would say waving checks. And set for today, with the approval of Fir, the most powerful "long distance" hymn in history: in Piazza della Repubblica in Tbilisi will sing up to tens of thousands of "Freedom" which will be broadcast live by the big screen of Franks in front of 25 loyal people . Italy.

Their old coach, Milton Monig of New Zealand, was less tranchant: "The match was important, but not in the sense of" we are in Italy in the Six Nations ", but the blues deserved on the field with the long journey we wanted to emulate. Then my players in Florence will fight to the last breath, but they always do it: their phenomenal determination continues to amaze me, they are warriors ».

Blue coach O & # 39; Shea is really more tense: «We have to win, period. We have the means, we are more used to making comparisons with high-level national teams and we want to show progress over the past two years. ”In short, Italians were called to sacrifice themselves against the Caucasian panzer accusations and then gave air to the game thanks to three quarters who are far more skilled.

Cattolica Insurance Test
Florence, Stadio Franchi, 15 hours
(Direct DMax, connection from 14:15 from Franchi, in the studios of Sergio Parisse and Giovambattista Venditti)

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